News

August 16, 2018

Jeff EdlesonDear Social Welfare Community,

August 15, 2018

Berkeley is ranked #2 in the country in a new study examining the impact of faculty scholarship among 1,699 faculty at all 76 social work doctoral programs in the United States (Smith, Jacobs, Osteen & Carter, 2018). The study examined cumulative h-indexes of faculty at each school. The h-index is a metric that measures the number of articles published by a faculty member and how frequently others have cited their articles. The authors created averages for each school’s faculty.

July 31, 2018

New York Times

Ron DellumsBerkeley Social Welfare mourns the loss and celebrates the life of former Oakland mayor, Social Welfare alum and beloved congressional firebrand Ron Dellums (MSW '62).

May 18, 2018

Andrea DubrowBerkeley Social Welfare Field Consultant Andrea Dubrow has been named a 2018 Honored Instructor by UC Berkeley Extension in recognition of her teaching excellence and personifying a professional commitment to lifelong learning.

Two graduating social welfare majors were recognized at the 2018 UC Berkeley Chancellor's Awards for Public Service. This prestigious annual event celebrating Berkeley student and faculty service to their communities took place on April 30 at the International House.

April 19, 2018

Fahey FellowsThree of the six recipients of UC Berkeley's 2018 Jim Fahey Safe Homes for Women Fellowship are graduating MSW students.

Karina Sweitzer, Erica West and Iris Lin (pictured left to right) were honored earlier this week by the Berkeley Graduate Division.

March 15, 2018

Ari NeulightBerkeley Social Welfare has graduated 12,000 social work leaders and practitioners and is the scholarly home of distinguished faculty who produce awardwinning research and provide training in support of the profession. The School, however, had yet to directly staff a social worker dedicated to helping meet the needs of members of the Berkeley community — until now.

March 12, 2018

Steven CzifraWhen Steven Czifra (MSW ’20) arrived on the Berkeley campus, his humble intent was to earn his BA in English — a goal he met in 2015 — and continue on to a doctoral program in the same field. “My whole plan,” he says, “was to get through here without being noticed.”

January 25, 2018

LCOE Stipend RecipientsOn January 22, Berkeley Social Welfare’s newly established Latinx Center of Excellence (LCOE)honored its first cohort of stipend recipients.

January 19, 2018

Kurt Organista 2Berkeley Social Welfare Professor Kurt Organista has been named the recipient of the 2017-18 Leon A. Henkin Citation for Distinguished Service, which is awarded annually by UC Berkeley's Commitee of Diversity, Equity and Campus Climate (DECC).

January 12, 2018

UC Berkeley School of Public Health Professor of Community Health and Human Development and Berkeley Social Welfare affiliated faculty member Emily Ozer has been named a recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA).

December 15, 2017

New York Times

Read PhD student Katie Savin's eloquent New York Times op-ed "My Supercharged, Tricked Out, Bluetooth Wheelchair Life Force" about the connection she found with her "fellow-in-a-wheelchair bus rider" Olantis.

November 7, 2017

The campus has embarked on a series of Free Speech seminars to discuss both the benefits and limits of speech in our society. The most recent to be announced is a panel discussion next week titled “Beyond the First: Healing and Harmful Speech,” which will focus on the impact of hate speech on our community.

October 18, 2017

At the height of the Napa and Sonoma Country wildfires, Berkeley Social Welfare major and Marine Corps veteran Matthew Smith (BA '18) spearheaded efforts to assist victims devastated by the ongoing blaze.

Smith, who is also president of the student group Cal Veterans, mobilized colleagues throughout the campus with "military experience or training in public health" to take care of critical needs in Santa Rosa's Veterans Memorial Building, which served as a shelter for evacuees.

October 15, 2017

Berkeley Social Welfare Assistant Professor Erin Kerrison has received an award totaling nearly $209,000 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund her investigation into the nature and impact of social networks and social support on substance abuse recovery outcomes for poor Latina, Black and white women.

September 13, 2017

Anu GomezBerkeley Social Welfare Assistant Professor Anu Manchikanti Gomezhas been named one of this year's 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders.

July 11, 2017

Berkeley Social Welfare, in partnership with the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and Planned Parenthood of Northern California, has received a planning grant from Gilead Sciences totaling nearly $150,000 to develop a sexual health assessment tool for determining patients' HIV risk and counseling needs for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), which helps prevent HIV through medication.

May 20, 2017

Berkeley Social Welfare Assistant Professors Tina Sacks and Adrian Aguilera have been awarded new grants to support their respective research.

Dr. Sacks, whose research examines the Black middle class in relation to the structural determinants of health and vulnerabilities that persist across socioeconomic classes, is receiving the University of California Regents' Junior Faculty Fellowship. The award is for summer 2017.

May 11, 2017

Jill and Natalie RuizGraduating Berkeley Social Welfare major Natalie Ruiz (BA '17) has been named a recipient of the 2017 President's Award for Outstanding Student Leadership. Ruiz is one of two awardees to be selected by the Office of University of California President Janet Napolitano for this highly prestigious honor.

May 8, 2017

Adrian ChavezIn an op-ed for the Daily Californian, graduating social welfare major and 2017 Berkeley Social Welfare James Midgley Leadership Award recipient Adrián Alejandro Chávez shares his firsthand account of the challenges, resiliency and tremendous support of family and community that all played a part of his journey toward completing his Berkeley degree.